Tomb of Annihilation Session 52 Recap

All hell breaks loose deep inside the dwarven forge.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 6 Human Inquisitive Rogue/Wizard
Khaless, level 6 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 6 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 6 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue
Therin, level 6 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

We had stealthed our way deep into the firenewt-controlled dwarven forge. But when the party stumbles into a makeshift stables for the firenewts’ dinosaur mounts, all hell breaks loose.

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Let’s Play – The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut Episode 8

We finally emerge from the darkness and explore the Baedish Lowlands.

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Roll20 Review – Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus

Go to hell in the this official Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition campaign for levels 1-13.

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Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus is the first fully original level 1-10+ campaign release since 2017’s Tomb of AnnihilationIt maintains the odd city-colon-adventure naming scheme from last year’s Waterdeep duology, though the city of Baldur’s Gate is featured only in the first of five parts, representing a fast-track to get the players leveled up and battling demons and devils in the first layer of hell as quickly as possible.

Avernus is an awesome setting and the adventure has one of the best endings of any of the official hard cover fifth edition adventures, tied to the fate of a central NPC, but Wizards’ insistent and repeated usage of Dyson Logos maps continues to translate poorly to a virtual tabletop such as Roll20.

MAJOR SPOILERS – DM’s only!

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The Action-RPGs Worth Playing in 2019 [PC Gamer]

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Clicking on monsters until they explode in showers of shiny loot—over and over again, for the promise of a slightly better pair of pants—is quintessential PC gaming. Most action-RPGs benefit from long lifespans thanks to a steady treadmill of refining skills, acquiring better loot, and endless dungeon crawling. But even the best action-RPGs aren’t immune to the ravages of time, and genre go-tos Diablo 3 and Path of Exile have been around for years now. As they grow older, several plucky newcomers have emerged in 2019, eager to gobble up weeks of your life. Some cling tightly to the Diablo tradition while others fearlessly blow it up to take a different path.

If you’ve stayed more than awhile in the world of Diablo, and made your way through Path of Exile‘s massive skill tree, these are the action-RPGs you should be playing in 2019.

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Let’s Play – The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut Episode 7

An epic showdown at the end of Mangar’s Tower forces me to adopt a specific strategy.

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Goodreads Review – The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3)

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3)The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Phenomenal. The conclusion of The Broken Earth trilogy was everything I wanted and more. The emotional, epic climax between mother and daughter. The fate of the world. The history of the stone eaters. The slow-burn of the second book developing the relationship of Nassun and Schaffa paved the way for an emotionally-gripping finale.

I adored the intimate glimpse into the far-flung past (which is still our future) that sets up the cataclysmic world, how it broke, and how to fix it. Jemisin is an expert world-builder, yet always remains focused on the few but fantastic characters.

Every SF/F fan needs to read The Broken Earth trilogy, and I look forward to reading more of her work.

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